What 8 sections you should consider including in an academic research resume
1. Your Bio
Besides your name, a short (a few words to a sentence) description of who you are and/or what your goal is can be very effective. The idea is that a section like this sets the stage for the rest of the resume. So, when your resume mentions some facts about you, the reader considers those facts in the context of your mission. This makes the rest of your resume that much more effective.
2. Your Experience
This can be your non-academic work or academic experience. As always, consider what you’re applying for and who will be reading your academic research resume. In the example below, Chris showed his dedication to working on causes he believes in, something valuable to demonstrate for an independent research project under a Fulbright grant.
3. Your presentations
It’s no secret that many researchers don’t have great presentation skills. Demonstrating that you have experience here is therefore an excellent way to stand out and show your value.
4. Your Languages
Speaking multiple languages may not be directly relevant to your research, but speaking at least one other languages increases your cognitive abilities and the likelihood you’ll get hired. It also expands your access to academic literature in other languages.
5. What you’re most proud of
This is the perfect place to talk about something you think is amazing about yourself but which doesn’t fit neatly into any other resume section. Here, you can share an endearing story, talk about a time when you overcame significant hardship, or even make a recruiter laugh (if you think that would be effective in the context).
6. Your favorite books or other publications
If it’s relevant to what you’re apply for, consider including some books, articles, or other publications which significantly influenced you. This is a quick way to say a lot about your core beliefs as a researcher.
7. Your publications
For most experienced researchers applying for any kind of position or grant, listing publications is a must.
8. Your education
Besides the obvious listing of your degrees and perhaps your GPA, this section can benefit from including details about your accomplishments or courses you took outside of any university.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Research role you want
Applicants who rely solely on their resume to get an interview have less than a 2% chance of getting an interview. At the same time, the sales industry is downsizing (in the US). As you can see, it’s important to give yourself the best shot possible at getting hired. This includes leveraging personal connections to get referred to a job.
So before you start applying for a new sales role, check your 1st and 2nd degree contacts in both LinkedIn and in any other relevant groups you may belong to. If you don’t have strong connections in the industry you’re looking to establish yourself in, start making them now!
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.